The Ferraris third and sixth in free practice Jean Todt: "The Japanese Grand Prix is a very important race for us and we are keen to do well in what is the home event for Bridgestone and also their one hundredth Formula 1 race. The Suzuka...
The Ferraris third and sixth in free practice
"The Japanese Grand Prix is a very important race for us and we are keen to do well in what is the home event for Bridgestone and also their one hundredth Formula 1 race. The Suzuka track is very demanding, both for the car and the driver. In the first hour of practice, we were able to work on the car set-up. In the second part, Schumacher's car developed a hydraulic problem which could not be fixed in the time, which meant Michael spent nearly the whole session in the pits."
"Rubens however was able to run continuously, doing the usual job of comparing the two types of tyre available. We expect to be competitive in tomorrow's qualifying session. We will be aiming for an all-red front row. That is a more ambitious target than usual, because we would like to do it as a present for our good friends at Bridgestone and our many fans in Japan."
"The day went reasonably well and we worked on the usual comparison between the two types of tyre available, accumulating data which will be useful when it comes to making the final choice tomorrow morning. The track has not got enough rubber down on it yet, so the lap times mean very little, but I am happy with the work we have done in the two hours of free practice especially in terms of balancing the car. I am confident for qualifying and also for Sunday's race."
"The morning part of the session went well as we worked on our usual Friday programme. However, this afternoon, I hardly did any laps, as my car developed a problem with the hydraulic system. We will now have to analyse exactly what caused it, but I am not concerned about this for tomorrow's qualifying session as I am sure we will be competitive, even if the gap between us and the non-Bridgestone teams seems a bit closer than usual. The track is a bit slippery at the moment, but that is normal here on the first day."
"As usual, Suzuka is quite difficult for tyres so it is very important to make sure that you have a good programme on Friday to try both specifications. Unfortunately, a hydraulic problem with Michael's car meant he could hardly run in the second session so we concentrated on Rubens. Again, he tried both tyres. On the first run he went wide over the kerbs so we stopped the run to check the car. The last run was quite promising -- he did seven laps which has given us some useful information about the tyres."